The other Tardis - the Honda Jazz
Added: 11th of October 2013
A nippy and versatile super mini. The folding 'magic seats' really are magic. I've managed to get two teenagers and a complete drum kit in the car (plus me), and it's proved a godsend when it comes to moving stuff around (bikes, pushchairs, the odd armchair etc) or taking bags to the dump. There's plenty of leg room in the back for adults, and although the rear split seats may be a bit firm for some, my passengers have sat on them on long motorway journeys without complaint. It's good around town - a tight turning circle and easy to park - and is just as happy batting down the motorway. I used to have an old Beetle which was noticeable sensitive to strong cross winds, or when coming out from behind a lorry. The Jazz probably isn't as heavy, but it doesn't seem as badly affected. Does around 50 mpg on long journeys and around 45mpg in town. The gear ratios are good, power steering responsive and all the dials and switches are where you expect them to be. I have it serviced by a Honda dealer each year and it's been relatively trouble-free, in spite of its age. The engine is quiet (when I first had it, I sometimes opened the window at traffic lights to check it was still running) although it can be a bit noisy when you get around 70mph - but that may be tyre noise and maybe not enough insulation. One small downside is the width of the corner pillar by the windscreen, which can impair visibility, especially at junctions or pedestrian crossings. You learn to look round it carefully and I believe the newer Jazzes have been redesigned so that this is less of a problem.